Nothing good ever comes from me checking CNN before bed. It’s usually my last stop, just to see what stupid thing Biden did or which vapid celebs are getting divorced. But tonight it was this, about a mother of two who has been in prison in Iran for five years charged with adultery, who may be stoned to death at any time.
I’m on vacation and exhausted and have to get up early and don’t know what to say about this that isn’t already blatantly obvious to anyone with half a brain. It would be easy to just read about this impending atrocity and feel bad for a few minutes and then move on, feeling helpless. And really, there may be nothing to be done. But it’s worth a try. This site suggests sending an email to Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for the Office of Human Rights. Then tell your friends to send an email, and tell them to tell their friends. Tweet it, Facebook, blog it, email it. Iran is not completely immune to international pressure, so you never know.
Here’s my letter, use it or write your own.
Dear Ms. Pillay,
I am writing to you because I just read about the case of Sakine Mohammadi e Ashtiani, who is waiting in prison in Iran to be stoned to death. While I know that there are many different views in the world about the death penalty that can be debated, I refuse to believe that anyone of any sense would think it anything less than barbaric to kill someone because of an alleged adultery, or to kill someone in such a horrible and tortuous way as stoning no matter what the crime.
I urge you to do whatever is in your power to pressure Iran to reverse this woman’s sentence and let her go free to return to her children, who have been without their mother for five years. I cannot imagine why a group like the UN exists if not for this. If there is nothing that the UN can do about this – or if the UN is unwilling to try to intervene – then you should all pack your bags and go home.
I’m off to try to get some sleep, and hope that my dreams don’t include being buried up to my neck and having stones hurled at my head until my skull fractures and I die.
Thank you for posting, Amy. I'm sending my email now. We're all in this together.